On the 4th April 2013 Neville Smith sadly passed away following a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.
Described as a "bit of a legend" and the "ultimate horseshoeing tool" Neville was certainly a true gentleman who many have found to be hugely inspirational.
A son of a coal miner, Neville, and his brother Ron, bought a small business in the 1960's from a Mr J Fiddler which became known as N & R Smith. The small but busy farriery and blacksmithing business flourished and during the 1970's Neville pursued a career solely in farriery whilst Ron maintained the blacksmithing.
Having been taught by Ernest and Vic Bailey, Neville trained 8 apprentices himself including Les Armstrong.
In the 1960's Neville "won everything there was to win" including three consecutive National Championships - the only three he entered! It is thought he only learnt to tool and fuller a couple of days before one of them!
Neville continued to shoe - in shirt and tie unless the weather permitted otherwise - right up until Christmas 2008, at the age of 78, when he was disgnosed with stomach cancer.
Neville will be sorely missed by all that knew him and Forge & Farrier would like to offer our condolences to his family and friends.
Neville's funeral will be held at Bushbury Crematorium on 22nd April 2013 at 10.30am. Family flowers only but all are welcome to attend.
(picture: Grant Moon receiving his prizes presented by Neville Smith at Staffrdshire County Show 2009.)